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College Scholarships for Indigenous American Students

Students with Native American/indigenous roots have many unique scholarship opportunities.

Shawna Newman

October 29, 2021

College Scholarships for Indigenous American Students
This scholarship list honors National Native American Heritage Month.
November is National Native American Heritage Month. It’s the perfect time to pay tribute to United States students with indigenous, Native American roots. Throughout the month, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution and many other notable American institutions celebrate the fundamental contributions of Native Americans. Why November? According to the Native American Heritage Month government website , “In 1990 President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution in 1990 designating November ‘National American Indian Heritage Month.’”
2021 festivities honoring the heritage of Indigenous Americans includes webinars, museum celebrations such as the “Blackfeet Nation Tribal Festival,” performance of Native American folk tales and many more cultural events. What is the appropriate term? The National Museum of the American Indian states American Indian, Indian, Native American, or Native are all correct to use. However, “American Indian or indigenous American are preferred by many Native people.”
To honor Native American Heritage Month, and to recognize the value of student diversity in higher education, Fastweb is celebrating indigenous American students with the following list of scholarships to help pay for school:

College Scholarships for Indigenous American Students:

Full Circle Scholarship

Available to:Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: 5/31/22
The Full Circle Scholarship is available to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students. You must have at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Accenture Native American Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: Full-Tuition
Deadline: 6/1/22
The Accenture Native American Scholarship is available to entering freshmen students who are enrolled members or descendants of members of federally and state recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Native groups. You must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and be majoring in engineering, computer science, operations management, management, finance, marketing, or other business - related fields to be eligible for this award.

The Native American Scholarship

Available to: Undergraduate Students
Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: 6/15/22
The Native American Scholarship is available to undergraduate students who are enrolled tribal members. You must be planning to work with a tribe or nation upon graduation in the field of education or social service, and have a career goal of working with Native Americans. You must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA and carry at least 10 quarter hours or 8 semester hours. Preference is given to students in their junior year.

Calista Scholarship Fund

Available to: College Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Award Amount: $1,500
Deadline: 6/30/22
The Calista Scholarship Fund is available to students in good academic standing. You must be an Alaska Native shareholder or a lineal descendant of a shareholder, and have a minimum 2.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

AIS Scholarship Program

Available to: College Undergraduate Students
Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Varies
The AIS Scholarship Program is open to undergraduate students who are enrolled members of U.S. Federally Recognized American Indian or Alaska Native Tribes, or descendants of a base roll member. You must have completed no more than 150 semester credits or 210 quarter credits and have a minimum 2.25 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Mary Ball Carrera Scholarship

Available to: College Graduate Students
Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Varies
The Mary Ball Carrera Scholarship is available to female Native American students. You must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. medical school to be eligible for this award.

Galena Sells Dick Memorial Scholarship

Available to: College Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
The Galena Sells Dick Memorial Scholarship is available to students at the University of Arizona, College of Education. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a member of an American Indian tribe, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or a recognized Canadian First Nations tribe or band to qualify for this award.

William Bartlett Native American Nursing Scholarship

Available to: College Juniors through Seniors
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
The William Bartlett Native American Nursing Scholarship is open to American Indian nursing students at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. You must demonstrate the qualities of professional commitment and personal integrity to be eligible for this award. Preference is given to students who have not previously received the award and to those students nearing the completion of the BSN degree.

State Indian/Tribal Scholarship - UMN, Twin Cities

Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
The State Indian/ Tribal Scholarship is open to American Indian freshmen entering the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. To be considered for this award, you must be a Minnesota resident with at least one- fourth Indian ancestry and be a member of a federally recognized tribe.

Charles Hamilton Houston Scholarship

Available to: College Graduate Students, Year 1
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
The Charles Hamilton Houston Scholarship is available to first-year students at the New England School of Law. You must be African- American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award.

Sylvia Plotts Memorial Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen through Sophomores
Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Varies
The Sylvia Plotts Memorial Scholarship is open to Native American students at Arizona Western College. You must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and be a resident of Yuma or La Paz county to qualify for this award.

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